TAKE A HIKE!
Ellenville is at the epicenter of some of the most exhilarating and beautiful hiking in the region. We are surrounded by spectacular State Parks, State Forests, Land Preserves, Local Parks, and the O&W Rail Trail, all of which offer a multitude of outdoor opportunities, from very experienced hikers and mountaineers to those just seeking more gentile family-oriented adventures in bucolic splendor. If you love nature and the outdoors and are a seeker of breathtaking views, Ellenville is the place for you!
BERME ROAD PARK
O&W RAIL TRAIL
The O&W Rail Trail runs parallel to the village along the Rondout Creek. It is ideal for family-oriented hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and xc-skiing. Two sections run through the village, heading north towards Kerhonkson. From Kerhonkson, you can pick up the trail again to head up to Rochester Park in Accord. There is also a 2.5-mile section that heads south out of Ellenville down to Spring Glen. The rail-trail is also ideal during the winter months for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. You can use the ‘Ride With GPS’ route maps below for locations and for further information about the rides.
O&W RAIL TRAIL ROUTES
LONG PATH ACCESS
BEAR HILL PRESERVE
MINNEWASKA STATE PARK PRESERVE
STATE LANDS & FORESTS
In addition to our parks, we are surrounded by many beautiful, wild state lands and forests which offer many hours and miles of great outdoor hiking adventures and activities.
WITCH'S HOLE STATE FOREST
CURRENTLY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19.
It doesn’t get more wild and rugged than Witch’s Hole State Forest! Many of the trails, whilst clearly visible, aren’t marked, so we encourage you to download the trail map to help familiarize yourselves with the trails.
Our ‘must see’ recommendations are Witch’s Hole Falls and the outcroppings overlooking Louis Ravine, which offer spectacular views of the surrounding area and Shawangunk Ridge.
MINE HOLE TRAIL
Located on Foordmore Rd. in Napanoch, the trailhead has limited parking but is the starting point for the Lower Mine Hole Trail, which winds its way high up on the Shawangunk Ridge before merging into the Long Path Upper Mine Hole Trail and eventually joining The Smiley Carriageway.
This will then give you access to the trails at Sam’s Point. The first part of the trail runs parallel with the Mine Hole Brook, which you will cross when following the white blaze trail markers.
Located in an adjacent gully on your left, when heading up, is another brook; this is unnamed and does not appear on any maps. When finding it, one can follow it upstream to a rugged horseshoe waterfall and, further upstream, to more spectacular slab-rock cascades.
Where to cross back over the Mine Hole Brook to get into the neighboring gully can be tricky to spot, but you can download a route map below that should give you some clues. Also on this map, you will see the Point Lookout Trail, which will take you high up onto the ridge to Point Lookout, where spectacular views of the distant ridge and Rondout Valley can be found.
Below are links to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) website for information on our local State Forests.
USGS TOPO MAPS
You can download topo maps of the Ellenville and Napanoch areas below.